Academy of Design

The Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation's grants for the year 2023 are now open for application!

In 2023, the Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation is admitting 50,000 euros in grants. Grants are awarded for the establishment of new and exciting design companies or for launching new innovations and development projects by already existing design companies.

Grants can be applied by companies holding a Finnish Business ID or by individuals residing in Finland.

Sustainability, as well as new ideas that solve social challenges, enhance employment and create beauty in people's lives are particularly appreciated in the applications.

Applying for a grant takes place on our online platform during the application period, from the 11th of September to the 9th of October 2023 at midnight Finnish time.

Grantees will be notified personally in week 47.

A grant award ceremony will be held on the 15th of December 2023 at 10 a.m. in the Crystal Hall of the Kuopio Academy of Design, at Piispankatu 8, Kuopio.

How to apply for a grant:

  1. When you use the online platform for the first time, register to the service by creating your own username (using your email address) and a password (that is at least 8 characters long and contains upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters) in the "register" section.
  2. After you have registered, you will receive a message in your e-mail, in which you will find a link leading to activating your application account.
  3. Once registered, you can log in to the platform by entering your username and password. You can also save the application as incomplete and come back later to fill it out.
  4. After logging in to the service, you will find more instructions for filling out the application.

Application form

Academy of Design

The Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation started its operations in December 2014. The purpose of the foundation is to support and promote the professional activities, hobbies, knowledge, appreciation and development of culture, especially design, art and crafts.

The Foundation Board of Directors

The Chairman of the Board is Mika Sutinen, Professional Member of the Board, and the Vice Chairman is Merja Heiskanen, Museum Director. The members of the board are Elina Pallonen-Eriksson, Head of department, Tuula Kemppainen, Master of Laws with court training, and Jukka-Pekka Suvala, Designer. Deputy members of the board are Maija-Liisa Keinänen, Entrepreneur, Elina Laitinen, Regional Director, and Riitta-Liisa Rautsi, Judge of the Court of Appeal.

More information:
The Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation proxy
Eija Tanninen-Komulainen
+358 44 731 8000
eija.tanninen-komulainen (at)


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